Page 6 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 11, 1985
Live Skull -
Bringing Home the Bait;
U-Men - Stop Spinning
For those of you who want to know
what's happening in the annals of
American rock 'n' roll, you don't have
to look any farther than Homestead
Records. 'Cause this is it (for the most
Formed "because it seemed
like a good idea at the time,"
Homestead gives us some of the best
nitty-gritty rockin' bands from all
over the nation and a few from other
places. Previous releases include the
amazing Sonic Youth from NYC and
the silly and sinister Big Black from
Most recently we have Live Skull's
Bringing Home The Bait - heavily
touted, pretty damn rockin', but not in
sync with my lofty expectations (any
band that grew out of the same scene
as Swans and Sonic Youth
automatically has a burden to buck),
and the U-Men's, Stop Spinning.
This latter act hails from Seattle,
and usually comes off as a barely
tolerable excuse for bringing back
The Birthday Party.
Live Skull takes the hardcore inten-
sity, puts some shape into the tight
ball of unintelligible noise, and throws
in on top of some valium-like drum
work, and let it-meander all over the
Most of the time it works. The first
track, "Sparky," goes places and lets
ya bang yer head too. "Brains Big
Enough" grinds and groans and spits
and yells and always seems on the
verge of collapse but keeps kicking in
nicely. "Ha Ha Ditch" has two inter-
twined guitar parts and slow, heaving
"Four" is a nasty pattern repeated
over and over, with lovely guitar noise
filling up the violent heavens.
"Houseboy" features bassist Marnie
Greenholz letting loose with her best
growl on top of a real mean dirge with
thick bass and guitarist Mark C.
providing background muttering and
general good cheer.
"Jerking The Light" is the best
track, starting off slow and murky
with tribal drumming bits and an
amazing flanged-out bass. It keeps
howling as the guitar breaks through,
takes over and lets us have it real
Live Skull gives us an uncom-
promising whack in the face. Though
not quite as intense as Swans or Sonic
Youth, they still have a mean racket
that pounds on the door with a sound
that is highly distinctive.
As I mentioned earlier, the U-Men
think American needs its own version
of The Birthday Party. They try hard
and sure this is an intense record, but
every time I try to find something on
this record that the Party didn't do
already, I can't.
The lead singer does an impeccable
Nick Cave howl, which must have
taken lots of practice. And we get that
same blend of thrashy, punky, bluesy,
twisted version of "good ole boy," get-
down-and-drink" Southern rock with
a bit of the Cramps thrown in for
Only "Clubs" and "Green Trum-
pet" are above average, and the
rest... well, the rest sound like The
Phranc - Folksinger (Rhino)
You may have seen Phranc in "The
Decline of Western Civilization,"
Penelope Spheeris' 1980 documentary
on the Los Angeles punk scene. She
was playing guitar with Catholic
Discipline. That was one of the many
phases in the creative career of
Phranc. There are many more.
Lately, she's emerged from the
L.A. underground with an album of
the music she loves most - folk. Not
what you'd expect from a former
member of the noise combo Nervous
Gender, but almost par for the course
from the woman who convinced the
likes of John Doe of X to lay aside
elecricity and start up a regular
acoustic night at the Whiskey in L.A.
As might be expected, though,
Phranc's not your average folksinger.
She's a Jewish-lesbian-jock with a
flat-top, a sharp eye for social com-
ment, and a great sense of humor.
She's been known to soothe even the
most savage skinheads in L.A. clubs
with tender acoustic ballads. And
probably could do the same with just
about any audience, maybe even the
most savage homophobes. Phranc
stands to bridge several great gaps -
between punk and folk, between the
underground club and the cof-
feehouse, between "women's music"
and the mainstream.
Phranc's Folksinger is warm and
spare, in the tradition of Guthrie and
early Dylan (and there's even a
sterling cover of Dylan's "The
Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll").
There is no discernible vestige of her
time logged in the underground, ex-
cept maybe a noticeable lack of the
overbearing self-seriousness of a lot
of heavy folkies. There are no
punkisms, no folk cliches, just a
refreshingly sweet, frank (no pun in-
tended) alto and the solo strum of her
acoustic guitar. Folksinger comes as
welcome relief after listening to a lot
of current records with "busy"
FOLKSINGER has uncommon
range. Phranc moves gracefully from
the near-riotous "Ballad of a Dumb
Hairdresser," to the sublime
"Amazons," a subtle tribute to un-
suing female athletes and
justification for Phranc's own am-
bitions. the positively haunting "Mary
Hooley" is the jewel on Side One, a
true story about a neighbor who was
murdered. The event is documented
in disturbing deetail, and ended with
the grim observation it could have
All of this is well-balanced by gems
like "One o' the Girls," in which a
bunch of typical Southern California
beach babes (who make brilliant ob-
servations on where to find "some
pretty buff dudes") befriend Phranc,
try to get her to do things like shave
her legs and wear bikinis, and end up
accepting her just for who she is. It's
great to hear I Can Stick out yet still
fit in/Feeling a belonging from
deep within/I feel lucky to have
these friends /And they feel
lucky to know a real live lesbian.
It's great to know that the Phrancs
of the world can be just as good bud-
dies to the Tami's and Pam's of the
world, as each could to its own - and
that it can be done with a rare sense of
humor and affection.
No doubt about it, Phranc's an
original - a lot more original than
your average band, which might be a
little hard for some people to palate,
but they have chops to back it up. It's
awfully hard to find fault in someone
who can write a sunshiny anti-suicide
tune ("Lifelover") and poke fun at the
recent comic book about the Pope -
make way for the Caped
Crusader/the one they call John
Paul!-- in "Caped Crusader."
It's hard to resent a little preaching
when it's as friendly as "Handicap-
ped": Don't go parking in that
handicapped parking spot! It's
illegal, and you might get a ticket!
You can try hard to resist Phranc's
singalong about female mud-
wrestling, but good luck.
When you come right down to it, it's
awfully hard not to like Folksinger.
Before you know it, Phranc's got
you in the same situation as the nasty
thrashers, cheerily tapping your toes
and clapping along. Quite an original.
- Julie Jurrjens
The Lazy Cowgirls -
The Lazy Cowgirls (Restless)
Many influences come together in
this debut record by "The Lazy
Cowgirls." As a true Midwestern/
Southern band, their influences reek
of the MC5 and the Stooges. The New
York Dolls, Ramones, Sex Pistols,
and nearly every '60s garage band
finds a facet in their real "guitar-
oriented" sound. They pay due
homage to the aforementioned god-
fathers, but too often fall into fuzztone
The album opens with the highly-
charged guitar attack of "Anymore."
Lead singer Pat Todd successfully
snarls his way through this refreshing
"Rock of Gibraltar" qualifies as
one of the better tracks on the album
but by the time "Work," "Jungle
Song," and "I'm Talkin' to You" pass
by, one tires of Todd's growling inflec-
tions, asswell as bassist Keith
Telligman's and guitarist Doug
Phillips' lack of chord diversity.
"What are you Talkin' bout,
Baby?" is a praiseworthy song but it
falls into the "Lost love/I don't miss
you" category that eight of the 12
songs on the record too readily fall in-
A good title for the record might be
"We broke up and I don't miss you,
bitch;" but then along come "Drugs"-
and "You're Gonna Miss Me" jsut
in time to save the LP. "Drugs" opens
up with some Southern character
stealing the immortal MC5 lines
-are you ready to testify? I give
you a testimonial! The Lazy
Cowgirls! This may be offensive to
some (understandably) but the
following guitar riff and song redeem
and glorify the MC5 spirit in a respec-
table way. The rave-up, strung-out
cover of Roky Erikson's "You're gon-
na miss me" finds Mr. Todd in fine
growling form once again, (Mr.
Osterberg would be proud).
The Lazy Cowgirls have many shor-
tcomings, (lack of imagination top-
ping the list), but are somewhat
redeemed by their pure revivalist
sense. Recommended for exhausted
MC5 fans and pre-Clash punks,
paisley-less retro-rock enthusiasts,
and beer drinkers,
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pint of English
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12 About to
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28 Baseball dia-
Had too muc
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Paul and Lloyd
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